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GOV­ER­NOR

Wag­ner, the GOP’s en­dorsed can­di­date, spent $10 mil­lion of his own money to beat a pair of po­lit­i­cal new­com­ers in Paul Mango, a for­mer health care sys­tems con­sul­tant, and Laura Ellsworth, a com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion at­tor­ney.

Wag­ner and Wolf are both York County res­i­dents who made mil­lions in busi­ness be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics. The sim­i­lar­i­ties end there.

Wolf is soft-spo­ken where Wag­ner is brash. Wolf has a Ph.D. from MIT; Wag­ner didn’t grad­u­ate from college.

Their pol­icy dif­fer­ences are just as stark.

Wag­ner, who’s compiled one of the Se­nate’s most con­ser­va­tive vot­ing records, fashions him­self as a garbage man com­ing to clean up a waste­ful state gov­ern­ment that chokes the econ­omy with reg­u­la­tions and taxes.

“The trucks are empty, and they’re ready to go,” Wag­ner told the crowd at his elec­tion night party in York. He then ac­cused Wolf of be­ing “for sale” to mon­eyed cam­paign in­ter­ests and said Penn­syl­va­ni­ans should have a gov­er­nor who’s a lot like them, “and I’m a lot like all of you.”

In turn, Wolf’s cam­paign called Wag­ner “the very worst of Har­ris­burg,” the state cap­i­tal, say­ing Wag­ner is block­ing ef­forts to change Har­ris­burg and help fam­i­lies, and backs the state’s big nat­u­ral gas in­dus­try against Wolf’s ef­forts to im­pose a sev­er­ance tax on it.

LIEU­TENANT GOV­ER­NOR

John Fet­ter­man won a five-way Demo­cratic Party pri­mary race for lieu­tenant gov­er­nor — and made po­lit­i­cal his­tory.

The Brad­dock mayor’s vic­tory means he will run on a ticket with Wolf in the fall. He van­quished Stack, a for­mer Philadel­phia state se­na­tor, who be­came the first sit­ting lieu­tenant gov­er­nor to lose a pri­mary.

Stack has had a chilly re­la­tion­ship with Wolf, and Wolf never en­dorsed Stack and rarely, if ever, ap­peared in pub­lic with him. Wolf left Stack to fend for him­self af­ter he stripped Stack of state po­lice pro­tec­tion amid com­plaints over how Stack and his wife treated state em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing state po­lice troop­ers.

Jeff Bar­tos, a real es­tate in­vestor from sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia, beat three other can­di­dates to win the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion.

U.S. SE­NATE

Bar­letta first made a name for him­self more than a decade ago when, as mayor of a small city, he tried to crack down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. He was among Trump’s ear­lier sup­port­ers and Trump, in turn, asked Bar­letta to run for Se­nate. The pres­i­dent is ex­pected to visit Penn­syl­va­nia to cam­paign for him.

Bar­letta, who eas­ily dis­patched his Repub­li­can ri­val, state Rep. Jim Chris­tiana, had spent the pri­mary cam­paign fo­cus­ing on Casey, the two-term Demo­crat and son of the late for­mer gov­er­nor.

In brief re­marks in his home­town of Ha­zle­ton, Bar­letta said Tues­day night that Casey has tried to “re­sist, re­ject and ob­struct” Trump’s agenda, and has moved so far left he doesn’t rep­re­sent Penn­syl­va­nia any­more.

In a state­ment, the Penn­syl­va­nia Demo­cratic Party ac­cused Bar­letta of “scape­goat­ing” im­mi­grants, back­ing Repub­li­can ef­forts to slash taxes for cor­po­ra­tions and the wealthy, at­tack Medi­care and So­cial Se­cu­rity and put Trump’s in­ter­ests ahead of Penn­syl­va­ni­ans.

U.S. HOUSE

A court rul­ing that up­ended Penn­syl­va­nia’s con­gres­sional maps set off a wild scram­ble for the state’s 18 U.S. House seats.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court man­dated a re­draw­ing of the maps af­ter con­clud­ing Repub­li­cans had un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally ger­ry­man­dered the 6-year-old map to fa­vor their party’s can­di­dates.

That prompted a bumper crop of 84 can­di­dates — the most in 34 years — to run in 21 pri­mary races. Democrats’ an­tiTrump fer­vor and the fact that seven seats came open this year also helped spur the high num­ber of can­di­dates.

The im­pact of the court rul­ing could be seen Tues­day in Penn­syl­va­nia’s 5th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict out­side Philadel­phia, which used to have a Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity but now tilts Demo­cratic.

Mary Gay Scan­lon won the Delaware County-based dis­trict’s 10-way Demo­cratic pri­mary Tues­day and is fa­vored in Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion.

The seat had been held by Repub­li­can Rep. Pat Mee­han, who re­signed amid an ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his use of tax­payer money to set­tle sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions by a for­mer aide.

In­clud­ing Scan­lon, Penn­syl­va­nia could send at least three women to Congress next year, break­ing the all­male hold on the state’s del­e­ga­tion.

Madeleine Dean won a three-way Demo­cratic pri­mary in a newly drawn Mont­gomery County-based seat where Democrats are fa­vored in Novem­ber.

Mean­while, Chrissy Houla­han is the un­con­tested Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for a Ch­ester Coun­ty­based seat where she’s fa­vored in Novem­ber.

Women won con­tested Demo­cratic pri­maries for three other seats in Penn­syl­va­nia, although two of those seats are in solidly Repub­li­can dis­tricts. Su­san Wild won a six-way Demo­cratic pri­mary in an Al­len­town-area dis­trict and the race is con­sid­ered a toss-up in Novem­ber.

STATE LEG­IS­LA­TURE

A Repub­li­can state se­na­tor and two Demo­cratic state rep­re­sen­ta­tives lost pri­mary chal­lenges for their Pitts­burgh-area seats.

Sen. Randy Vu­lakovich was beaten by Jeremy Shaffer, while Sum­mer Lee beat nine-term Rep. Paul Costa and Sara In­namorato took out five-term Rep. Dom Costa.

Repub­li­cans picked up an open Demo­cratic seat in Washington County in a spe­cial elec­tion. Both cham­bers of the Leg­is­la­ture have siz­able Repub­li­can ma­jori­ties.

GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMES-NEWS VIA AP

Ron DiNi­cola, Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for U.S. Congress in the the new­ly­formed 16th Dis­trict of Penn­syl­va­nia, speaks to sup­port­ers gath­ered at Room 33 Speakeasy & Cafe, Tues­day, May 15, 2018, in Erie, Pa. DiNi­cola won the pri­mary elec­tion and in the gen­eral elec­tion will face in­cum­bent U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, Pa., R-3rd Dis­trict.

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